Berding said the club went through an “initial period of adjustment,” but now they are seeing the results they expected.
“The team is extremely cohesive, playing great soccer and we’ve seen some terrific performances in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup,” Berding said in a news release. “Reaching the semifinal and positioning ourselves to compete for a home USL playoff match are indicators that we are continuing to move in the right direction, not only for 2017 but for future seasons.
“Alan and his staff prepare the team well on a daily basis, have brought top available talent to FCC and have managed our personnel to put us in the best position to succeed.”
In his time as head coach, Koch has acquired Djibyn Fall, a scoring leader with 23 points on 11 goals for the season. Koch also brokered a trade with OKC Energy to bring Danni Konig to the Queen City. Konig comes in second with seven goals in eight starts. Koch has also added Justin Hoyte, Kevin Schindler and Kyle Greig to the Orange and Blue.
“On behalf of Yoann and myself we are greatly appreciative to Carl H. Lindner III, the ownership group as well as President Jeff Berding for their willingness to entrust us with their fantastic club” Koch said in a release. “We continue to put blocks in place this year towards building something incredibly special, and it shows in how our team continues to improve every week on the pitch.
“Leading the Orange and Blue is an incredible honor and something that we put all of our energy into every day. We appreciate the support from the club and the fans, and look forward to continued success as we move forward.”